Beddington neighbours left baffled by invasion of mystery golf balls

Croydon Guardian: Graham Trodd has found nine golf balls in his garden this month Graham Trodd has found nine golf balls in his garden this month

The mysterious appearance of dozens of golf balls has left Beddington neighbours clubbing together for answers.

The riddle initially centred on one couple, of Richmond Road, who have found nine balls in their back garden in the last month.

But now the enigmatic spherical intruders have begun spread to neighbouring houses, leaving residents scratching their heads.

Graham Trodd had lived in the road with wife Josephine for 20 years without finding a single rogue ball - until December.

He said: "We started finding them about a month ago. They just keep appearing overnight. I'll just be walking around the garden and then, oh, there's another a golf ball.

"Then on Friday one of our neighbours said to us she had found one in her garden and another one found them in his flowerpots."

Croydon Guardian:

Graham and Josephine are baffled by the balls

Croydon Guardian:

Mysterious: how the balls were found

The 68-year-old added: "It's mysterious. If it was an animal you would think would be just dropped on the lawn, but they are actually half-buried.

"All you see is a little white dome sticking out of the ground. There are no teeth marks on them and they're brand new, so we don't know where they are coming from.

"Why so many of them and where are they are coming from? I've tried to think about it but I haven't got a clue. It is a mystery. Personally I've got no idea."

Mitcham Golf Course, the nearest to Richmond Road, is almost three miles away.

And Mr Trodd, a retired lorry driver, does not even play golf to put to balls to use.

He said: "The nearest golf course is at the very end of Beddington Lane, so there are none near enough.

"The two I found yesterday make it nine we've found in the last month. At this rate I'll be able to put them in a boot sale."

Do you think you hold the answer to the appearance of the mysterious golf balls? Post a comment below or email chris.baynes@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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3:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Leonsm says...

durrr has no one heard of raining golf balls....
durrr has no one heard of raining golf balls.... Leonsm
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10:24am Thu 30 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Seriously? This is news but you are failing to cover the turncoat Tom Brake's refusal to back local campaigners and vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill which could see St Helier hospital services closed without consultation?
Seriously? This is news but you are failing to cover the turncoat Tom Brake's refusal to back local campaigners and vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill which could see St Helier hospital services closed without consultation? Niki R
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Niki R wrote:
Seriously? This is news but you are failing to cover the turncoat Tom Brake's refusal to back local campaigners and vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill which could see St Helier hospital services closed without consultation?
People like light-hearted stories now and again!

We already know the county is going to the Dogs, all the money is gone, the worst crimes are going up, gangs, knives, tax evasion, Benefit cheats, growing getto's, terrorists, corruption and greed are all we get and our future will be food and fuel shortages, race/religious riots more gettos

So gimme light-hearted any day!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: Seriously? This is news but you are failing to cover the turncoat Tom Brake's refusal to back local campaigners and vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill which could see St Helier hospital services closed without consultation?[/p][/quote]People like light-hearted stories now and again! We already know the county is going to the Dogs, all the money is gone, the worst crimes are going up, gangs, knives, tax evasion, Benefit cheats, growing getto's, terrorists, corruption and greed are all we get and our future will be food and fuel shortages, race/religious riots more gettos So gimme light-hearted any day!!!! G_Whiz
  • Score: 6

12:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Niki R says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Niki R wrote:
Seriously? This is news but you are failing to cover the turncoat Tom Brake's refusal to back local campaigners and vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill which could see St Helier hospital services closed without consultation?
People like light-hearted stories now and again!

We already know the county is going to the Dogs, all the money is gone, the worst crimes are going up, gangs, knives, tax evasion, Benefit cheats, growing getto's, terrorists, corruption and greed are all we get and our future will be food and fuel shortages, race/religious riots more gettos

So gimme light-hearted any day!!!!
No excuse not to also include reports on issues that have serious implications for our area- that's the Guardian's job, surely?
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: Seriously? This is news but you are failing to cover the turncoat Tom Brake's refusal to back local campaigners and vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill which could see St Helier hospital services closed without consultation?[/p][/quote]People like light-hearted stories now and again! We already know the county is going to the Dogs, all the money is gone, the worst crimes are going up, gangs, knives, tax evasion, Benefit cheats, growing getto's, terrorists, corruption and greed are all we get and our future will be food and fuel shortages, race/religious riots more gettos So gimme light-hearted any day!!!![/p][/quote]No excuse not to also include reports on issues that have serious implications for our area- that's the Guardian's job, surely? Niki R
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

I like light hearted.
Quite simply, there are mischievous people out there cause life sometimes can be quite predictable.
To the couple of houses on Lind Road, five years ago, who got pound coins through their letterbox every Friday night. Well ..... :)
I like light hearted. Quite simply, there are mischievous people out there cause life sometimes can be quite predictable. To the couple of houses on Lind Road, five years ago, who got pound coins through their letterbox every Friday night. Well ..... :) Marie from Sutton
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